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edubfromktown briceshirbach's article
Dec 11, 2013 at 13:16
Dec 11, 2013
From Where We Stand: An East Coast Love Story
There's jackhammering to do South of PA in Maryland too... from Western, MD (near West Virginia border) through Frederick, MD and over toward Baltimore, MD not to mention a lot of trails to choose from within an hour or so drive from Washington, DC. http://more-mtb.org has done a heck of a job... lots to choose from in a major metropolitan area: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=102379558849445312790.00000111d80d843bb0e46&z=9&om=1
edubfromktown mikekazimer's article
Oct 29, 2013 at 12:32
Oct 29, 2013
Pinkbike Poll: How Do You Survive the Off-Season?
No off season... RIDE bitches :) Ya know its cold when you go through a "water" crossing and the rear derailleur refuses to move for 10+ shift attempts. On the coldest days, single speed is the way to go!
edubfromktown mikelevy's article
Oct 18, 2013 at 9:08
Oct 18, 2013
Pinkbike Poll - Have You Had a Near Death Experience on Your Bike?
A pillar of the US East Coast mountain bike community sustained a C1/C2 fracture a few weeks ago. "He continues to get a little stronger everyday. Although he still has no feeling below his neck and remains on a respirator to breathe, he is extremely motivated to regain anything he can". Bike Magazine has a brief write up about Scott Scudamore (and Amy Dombrosky who was killed by a motorist). http://www.bikemag.com/blog/dirty-words-a-simple-twist-of-fate/
edubfromktown mtbstrengthcoach's article
Jun 23, 2013 at 10:46
Jun 23, 2013
Two Simple Tips to Help You Stay Hydrated and Avoid Cramps
Yesterday I went on an 88 mile mixed surface ride- road, gravel and both dirt and rocky/technical trails (~5,800 ft of climb @ 90 degrees F). One of the riders was very concerned about hydration and consumed somewhere approaching 300 oz of water plus ~40oz of Gatorade and all sorts of food. Another rider ate 8-10 salt pills during the ride and consumed somewhere around 200+ oz of water. A third rider consumed 100oz 1/4th of the way into the ride and also refilled and drank 200-250 oz of water. All three of them cramped up badly ~2/3rds of the way into the ride. I consumed quite a bit less water than the three of them (carried 100oz and drank probably 50 and donated the rest before we filled up). Total I drank maybe 150oz and another rider also consumed about the same- we both had zero cramping issues. Also noteworthy: I did not consume cycling performance bars, goo, etc. as the others did. I had two orange shot blocks ~85% of the way through the ride and otherwise ate other items that I brought on the ride (peanut butter & jelly sandwich, 8 salted crackers, a couple of fruit snacks).
edubfromktown mtbstrengthcoach's article
Jun 21, 2013 at 6:29
Jun 21, 2013
Two Simple Tips to Help You Stay Hydrated and Avoid Cramps
Unfortunately the taste like deer piss and still have far too much sugar in them.
edubfromktown mtbstrengthcoach's article
Jun 20, 2013 at 10:47
Jun 20, 2013
Two Simple Tips to Help You Stay Hydrated and Avoid Cramps
I attribute a significant portion of hydration demand to my level of physical fitness and have always believed in drinking water when I feel thirsty as opposed to slamming massive quantities down until my urine ran clear, etc. Definitely require more in the summer months when it is oppressively hot... probably not 2x as much but close I guess. I've never been one to consume much water during a typical day where I'm not involved in a physical activity. I do drink two cups of coffee a day regardless of what I'm doing (endurance MTB race, sitting on my arse or whatever in between). I've been active my entire life. Played football/soccer for three decades and only drank water during the games... not an excessive amount; only what quenched my thirst. I started cycling multiple times per week about 5 years ago and found that my water consumption went down dramatically after a year or so of weekly high exertion 2-3 hour rides (~15-16 MPH average speed on urban assault mountain bike rides). The only times I carry water on my back now are for all day rides or when it is near/below freezing outside (for a place to stow warmer clothing if I get hot and carry extras if it gets colder or precipitates).
edubfromktown jwick's photo
Jun 18, 2013 at 6:41
Jun 18, 2013
That is AWESOME. Ima get one for sure. BTW- I grew up in Ktown, MD!

edubfromktown mikekazimer's article
Apr 4, 2013 at 7:32
Apr 4, 2013
To the Point: Chain Lube
I use ProLink chain lube... through commutes, 9 hour mudfest endurance races, urban assaults and all manner of trail rides in wet or dry conditions running Shimano XT and XTR 9-speed chains. I clean my chain with a rag and re-lube when I begin hearing it. Generally getting close to ~1,000 miles out of a chain before replacing it ( as it reaches .75+ on the Park CC-2 chain checker tool). I have 5,000 or more miles on two XTR cassettes (M960 and M970) and they aren't showing signs of wear.
edubfromktown mikekazimer's article
Mar 6, 2013 at 12:25
Mar 6, 2013
To the Point: Torque Specifications
Brilliant. Even better: righty tighty, lefty loosey.... when in doubt, use your teeth to torque fasteners.
edubfromktown mikekazimer's article
Mar 6, 2013 at 7:55
Mar 6, 2013
To the Point: Torque Specifications
Excellent article! Above all do not mistreat your torque wrench. I cringe when I see people tossing them on the ground, use them as a hammer or lever, loosen fasteners with them or not return them to a default low setting to maintain long term accuracy. For my aluminum block engine cars they are mandatory. The same holds true for carbon bicycle parts and other components including bottom brackets, crank arms, cassettes, stems, brake rotors, shoe cleats...
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